1989 Fiesta Bowl

Notre Dame 34, West Virginia 21

1989 fiesta bowl
January 2, 1989

Attendance: 74,911

Offensive Player of the Game: Tony Rice, Notre Dame

Defensive Player of the Game: Frank Stams, Notre Dame

Sportsmanship Award: Chris Parker, West Virginia

Head Coaches: Lou Holtz, Notre Dame - Don Nehlen, West Virginia

Weather: Cloudy, light rain

Television: NBC

Payout Per Team: $3,000,000

The 1989 Fiesta Bowl featured top-ranked Notre Dame and No. 3 West Virginia, the second game in three years that decided college football’s national championship. The Fiesta Bowl was back in the spotlight.

The Fighting Irish exploded to a 23-6 halftime lead over the Mountaineers and never looked back, recording a 34-21 victory and the national championship.

Notre Dame jumped out to a 16-0 lead and didn’t let West Virginia closer than 13 points the rest of the game, as the Irish captured their 11th national title.

Billy Hackett began the game’s scoring by kicking a 45-yard field goal on Notre Dame’s first possession. The Irish scored on a one-yard run by Anthony Johnson and added a five-yard run by Rodney Culver to take the 16-0 lead.

The Mountaineers got on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter on a 29-yard field goal by Charlie Bau-mann. But the “Rocket,” Raghib Ismail, caught a 29-yard TD pass from Tony Rice to increase the Irish lead to 23-3. Baumann kicked a 32-yarder as the half ended.

The Mountaineers scored 15 second half points, but Notre Dame scored 11 points of their own to claim the victory. The Irish racked up 455 total yards to West Virginia’s 282.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Notre Dame
9
14
3
8
34
West Virginia
0
6
7
8
21

Yardstick

WV
ND
19
First Downs
19
37-108
Rushes-Yards
59-242
174
Passing Yards
213
14-30-1
Passes
7-11-1
49
Return Yards
28
7-45.1
Punts
4-36.8
0-0
Fumbles-Lost
2-0
3-38
Penalties-Yards
11-102

How They Scored

WV
ND
0
3
Billy Hackett 45 yard field goal
0
9
Anthony Johnson 1 yard run (run failed)
0
16
Rodney Culver 5 yard run (Reggie Ho kick)
3
16
Charlie Baumann 29 yard field goal
3
23
Raghib Ismail 29 yard pass from Tony Rice (Ho kick)
6
23
Baumann 31 yard field goal
6
26
Ho 32 yard field goal
13
26
Grantis Bell 17 yard pass from Major Harris (Baumann kick)
13
34
Frank Jacobs 3 yard pass from Rice (Rice run)
21
34
Reggie Rembert 3 yard run (Greg Jones pass from Rembert)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
WV
Anthony Brown 11-49, Rico Tyler 2-21, Craig Taylor 6-12, Major Harris 13-11, Eugene Napoleon 3-7, Undra Johnson 1-5, Reggie Rembert 1-3.
ND
Tony Rice 13-75, Mark Green 13-61, Tony Brooks 11-35, Rodney Culver 4-20, Anthony Johnson 5-20, Braxton Banks 5-12, Steve Belles 3-10, Ricky Watters 3-5, Pat Eilers 1-2, Ryan Mihalko 1-2.
Passing
WV
Major Harris 13-26-1-166, Greg Jones 1-4-0-8.
ND
Tony Rice 7-11-1-213.
Receiving
WV
Grantis Bell 4-44, Reggie Rembert 2-40, Craig Taylor 3-34, Keith Winn 3-31, Anthony Brown 1-17, Rico Tyler 1-8.
ND
Derek Brown 2-70, Ricky Watters 1-57, Green 1-35, Raghib Ismail 1-29, Anthony Johnson 1-19, Frank Jacobs 1-3.